Where Are My Syngenta Settlement Payments: Why Have Checks Not Been Issued Yet?

Updated: Apr 4


Corn harvest with combine dumping onto grain cart pulled by tractor. Image by Steven Baird via flickr.com
Corn harvest with combine dumping onto grain cart pulled by tractor. Image by Steven Baird via flickr.com

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A number of you have asked when potential Syngenta settlement checks would be released to growers. In late 2018, the settlement order was approved for the $1.51 billion MIR162 Syngenta settlement. Based on the final order, payments to producers should have started going out in the second quarter of 2019. At this time that has not happened, but recently the Settlement website has been updated to reflect to show that class members can expect to see class determinations will go out in July 2019 that will show their compensable recovery quantity. Other producers who did not supply enough information, should have gotten notices of rejection in June 2019. Payment timing is expected to be at the earliest February 2020.


The settlement includes all U.S. corn farmers, including those who opted out of the original class-action suit and those who grew Agrisure Duracade corn and Agrisure Viptera corn varieties. The settlement will also include landlords who based rental rates on yield or price, such as a flex-lease based on yield or price or a crop-share lease. Fixed cash landlords are not eligible to participate. The period included in the settlement is September 15, 2013, through the 2018 crop year.


The settlement will include four classes:


Class 1: Growers and eligible landlords who did not use Duricade or Viptera,

Class 2: Growers and eligible landlords who did use Duricade or Viptera,

Class 3: Grain handlers, and

Class 4: Ethanol producers.